Amazon Music is the digital music streaming platform of Amazon that curates millions of songs across genres for music lovers to enjoy. With an active internet connection, Amazon Music allows subscribers to stream tracks on mobile devices as well as PCs. It also has an offline playback in case your connection gets disrupted. This allows subscribers to listen to music even without data. However, it initially requires downloading music before you could listen to them offline.
In this article, we’ll teach you how to download tracks from Amazon Music in several ways. We’ll also be providing tricks and tools that will help you get the music you love, whether it’s for your computer or mobile device.
How to Download Tracks on Amazon Music
Both Prime Music and Amazon Music Unlimited have the functionality of offline playback. But, it is only available on Android, iOS, and Fire tablets. Also, all your downloads can only be accessed on the app. Most titles in Amazon Music have digital rights management (DRM) protection so you can’t save them on your local files or transfer them to other devices. Here’s the step-by-step guide on how to download music from the platform using an Android and iOS device, respectively.
Downloading from Amazon Music Using the Android App
Step 1. Open the Amazon Music Android app on your device and go to the playlist, song, or album you want to download. You can either type the title you like on the search box or go to My Music if you have added it to your library.
Step 2. Tap the vertical three-dot button next to the title you want to save for offline listening. A pop-up message with various options will appear. Select Download to proceed.
Step 3. Go to My Music again. You’ll see that the title is being downloaded.
Step 4. Once the download is complete, enable offline mode to start listening to music without consuming data. Tap the vertical three-dot button on the upper-right corner, next to the search icon. Toggle the switch button before Offline Music Mode.
Step 5. A banner on top of your screen will appear indicating that you are on offline music mode. Only downloaded titles will appear on the app when offline mode is active.
Downloading From Amazon Music Using iOS
Step 1. Click on the title you want to listen to offline or search for items you like using the search icon on the upper-right corner of the screen.
Step 2. Tap the download icon (an arrow pointing down a box) to download a whole playlist or album.
Step 3. Once the download is complete, go back to the app’s homepage then tap Cloud Library on top of your screen (or the small cloud with an X inside) to view the tracks you can listen to offline.
Prime Music vs Amazon Music Unlimited
To download songs from Amazon Music, you first need to register for the platform’s paid subscription. There are two tiers of subscription you can choose from, Prime Music and Amazon Music Unlimited.
|Song Library||2Million+ Songs||50Million+ Songs|
|Average Audio Quality||256 kbps||320 kbps|
|Data Consumption||1.8 MB per minute||2.4 MB per minute|
Amazon’s Prime Music and Music Unlimited differ on so many levels. Prime Music is a service included on Amazon Prime Membership at no additional cost. However, you can choose to upgrade it to Music Unlimited for US$7.99 per month. Non-Prime members who wish to subscribe to Music Unlimited should pay US$9.99 per month.
If you are wondering why you should choose Music Unlimited when there’s a cheaper alternative, here’s the reason. There’s a big difference between the library size of the two music streaming services: Prime Music offers a little over two million tracks while Music Unlimited has over 50 million songs available. Moreover, Prime Music constantly removes titles from the platform, which means you won’t know until when your favorite track will be available.
On the other hand, Music Unlimited is an improved version of Prime Music. The average audio quality of Prime Music is 256 kbps, but that could go higher to 320 kbps if you stream with Music Unlimited. If it still doesn’t match your music quality preference, you can choose to upgrade your plan to Amazon Music HD. This will give you an 850 kbps audio quality that is as good as the sound of a CD. Match this with the best audiophile headphones and you will have a total music streaming experience!
Is Downloading Songs from Amazon for Free Illegal?
Downloading tracks using the Amazon Music app itself is legal. Basically, you are just activating the offline playback feature which is part of the service you are paying for. However, using third-party applications to rip content from the platform is illegal. There’s a reason why you can’t save titles from the platform directly to your local file, which is to prevent piracy.
Amazon Music’s contents have copyrights and are DRM-protected, preventing any unauthorized redistribution of the digital media stored in it. Tools like music converters and audio recorders are breaking DRM to keep your downloads in your files and allow you to share them with other devices. This is copyright infringement that is slowly killing the music industry.
We do not support piracy, hence we also discourage the use of third-party applications to download copyrighted music or other digital content. If you want to download music to your local files, you can purchase them directly on Amazon instead.
How to Purchase Songs on Amazon?
You can buy tracks on Amazon just like how you purchase other products on the platform. You can type in the album or song title on the search box and find the song you want to purchase. Tracks you purchased on the platform have no DRM encryption, which means you can store them locally or transfer them to other devices. When you purchase a song, you are no longer limited to playing it at Amazon Music.
To save your purchased music locally, open the Amazon Music app on your mobile device and go to My Music. Select Songs then proceed to Purchase to see the titles you own. Finally, tap the download icon to transfer them to your local storage or to external hard drives. If you’re looking to create some disk space in your computer, here are the best external hard drives that will expand your storage space.
How much do songs on Amazon Music cost?
You can purchase songs on Amazon Music for as low as USD$0.99 per track, while a whole album can be as low as US$5.
How much data do I need to download songs from Amazon Music?
Streaming and downloading from Amazon Music consume the same amount of data. The standard audio quality of Amazon is 256 kbps which can consume 1.8MB per minute. A three-minute song would likely be consuming 5.4MB when downloaded on standard audio quality.
How to cancel Amazon Music Unlimited?
Music Unlimited has a 30-days free trial to see if you are gonna like the service. If you feel unsatisfied, you can cancel your subscription within the one-month trial period and you won’t be charged a cent. If you have a paid subscription, you can cancel it online through Amazon’s subscription settings. Just click Accounts & Lists > Memberships & Subscriptions > Music Subscriptions > Cancel subscription > Confirm cancellation.